May 13th, 2008
06:00 AM ET
13 years ago

McAuliffe says Clinton staying in, will win popular vote

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(CNN) - Despite calls from some for Hillary Clinton to abandon her presidential bid, her campaign chairman insisted Monday she will stay in the race until the last primary and predicted the New York Democrat will overtake Barack Obama in the popular vote.

“We are going through to June 3," Clinton Campaign Chairman Terry McAuliffe said on MSNBC Monday. "I can unequivocally tell you we are in until June 3.”

“We will move ahead in the popular vote. There are 1.1 million Democrats in West Virginia, there are 1.6 million in Kentucky, 2.4 million in Puerto Rico. We win by these huge margins, have good turnout there, we will pick up a significant amount of the popular vote."

Polls show Clinton will likely score big wins in the next two primary states, West Virginia and Kentucky, though it remains virtually impossible for the New York senator to catch Obama in the pledged delegate count. She lost her lead among the party’s superdelegates on Monday.

Montana and South Dakota hold the last two primary contests on June 3.


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  1. Clinton will never lead popular vote!!

    The whole premise of the Clinton campaign saying they can pull ahead in the popular vote is ridiculous! It is based on including the results of the illegal primary in Michigan, where Obama's name wasn't on the ballot!

    May 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  2. Jane L.

    If Clinton wins the popular vote, or even ties, given the key states in which she's won, it would be foolish to give the nomination to Obama. No matter how much the media fawns over Obama nor what kind of process the DNC cooks up, this is still a democracy, and the voters should make the decision. To disinfranchise 2 entire states, no matter how it was agreed to or concocted, when we will need them in the general election, is ludicrous.

    May 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  3. woogie

    Clinton turned down a compromise from the Michigan Democratic Party to seat their delegates.

    Clinton wanted it based on votes.

    Obama wanted half to go to each candidate.

    The MDP split the difference 69 to Clinton 59 to Obama.

    To get this to happen the candidates have to agree to the division So who really is disenfranchising the voters of Michigan?

    Check it out on Yahoo news.

    Why didn't CNN report on this?

    May 12, 2008 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  4. Lance

    Keep up thr hard work, Hillary! Obama won't have a prayer in the general election. If Hillary doesn't get the nomination this year we'll just wait until 2012. There's no way in hell I will vote for Obama. He will bring disaster in November for the Dems.

    May 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  5. Dora

    Obama supporters are rude and not as educated as Obama says. If they are that smart, they would not be so rude about another democrate. Oh I forgot most of them just registered that way. Wise up they are politicans. Go Hillary 08

    May 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  6. rachae

    Can anyone name five things that Hillary has done. On the things that matter she was absent or on the wrong side. The war, making sure the votes count in Floriday. And she keeps changing the rules. She doesn't care if she breaks up the party. And for those people who say he cannot win with certain groups. The other groups the opposite is true. Their hasn't been a democratic president that has won without the black vote. And she won't get it.

    May 12, 2008 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  7. deep_eye

    OVER – IT IS OVER – PLEASE GET THIS THROUGH YOUR HEAD>>>

    May 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  8. susie

    The DNC is so screwed up....elections and caucuses. No wonder they hardly ever win the Presidential race. Then they don't count 2 states because they are punishing them!! Now MI and FL voters will get a chance to punish the DNC by voting Republican.

    May 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  9. Greg

    Painful.

    May 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  10. Marie in California

    Go Hillary! I've contributed money and I'll keep contributing as long as she is running. For me, it ain't over till the lady in the pantsuit says it is. She WILL win the popular vote....and then let's see what happens.

    After that, if the nomination goes to Obama, then my vote and my money will start going to McCain.....simply because Obama is not qualified to be president. He's an empty suit.

    Hillary or McCain – 2008

    May 12, 2008 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  11. Jared

    To achieve greatly, you need clear goals, plans, and scheules to get from wherever you are today to where you want to be in the future. Sen. Clinton is not prepared for future. This is a judgement call. The difference between a stupid leader and a genice one is: a stupid has no limit and genice has a limit. She has no good choices and best decision, it is too far beyond belivable and realistic. If Sen. Clinton the elected prisedent, I will be worried about our future.

    May 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  12. David D Kollie

    Hillary said a candidate who wins Ohio and Texas was eventually quailified to the nomination. Now, that has been switched to W .V. So, Ohio and Texas are out of such criteria. What a misguarded statement all of the times.

    May 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  13. JC

    There are lots of variables in a presidential campaign.
    The most important variable is that Hillary is no JFK, no matter how much Bill likes to compare himself with JFK.
    Just ask Ted Kennedy, who endorsed Obama.
    But our economy can use some of the donations from Bill's foreign friends if Hillary wants to go all the way.
    It makes everybody happy.

    May 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  14. John Kanen

    Winning the popular vote (which is the best indicator of the will of the people) will give Hillary what she needs to run as an Independent.
    Start sweating Obamarites.

    May 12, 2008 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  15. David from Ohio

    Terry McCauliffe is delusional. He reminds one of Saddam's propaganda chief insisting that American tanks would never enter Baghdad as the tank engines were rumbling outside his window. I hope Obama says thanks but no thanks to this bunch of Hillary syncophants.

    May 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  16. Peter

    HILLARY, DNC AND THE ESTABLISHMENT DECIDED TO BE AGAINST YOU LONG TIME AGO.

    HILLARY YOU HAVE BEEN REPUBLICAN, AND FOR LONG TIME DEMOCRATIC AND NOW IT IS THE TIME TO RUN AS INDEPENDENT.
    YOU ARE THE BEST
    AND YOU WILL WIN IN NOVEMBER.

    HILLARY 08

    May 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  17. John

    Do you remember Mr.Tim Russet fambling with the fussy math of the 2000 elections in Florida.He was wrong then because the votes were not appropriately counted! Today i saw the same fussy math gimmick!likewise these are going to fail.

    May 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  18. lord avie

    OK, how do you Clinton people count Puerto Rico?? Not eligible to vote in the Presidential Election sho how does it count???? Again, Clinton math!!! IN answer to the supporter who asks what Obama has done, please tell me what Hillary has done in all her EXTENSIVE SERVICE??? Oh yes she hosted teas for wives of foreing dignitaries and went to shcolls and visited children. Excuse me, neither on ha the experience but if you idioots keep this up, McCain will waltz to a victory and then who do you blame but your idiotic selves.

    May 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  19. mt

    an the superdelegates swing back and forth as they change their mind? Am I right about it?
    I still hope for Hillary. She is not this arrogant as Obamistas. Neither is McCain.
    Obama is sleeping on his laurels now, good for him. But he has to realize the not every person in this country want him to be a president.

    May 12, 2008 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  20. J in Florida

    To all the Clinton supporters who plan to vote for McCain just because she didn't get the nomination, do us all a favor and just stay home with a big box of tissues. You people are ridiculous.

    May 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  21. Susan

    Keep it up and we can thank Hillary for four more years of a Republican president. Her supporters are getting angrier and angrier, and are going to stay home or vote for McCaine, which means they're willing to keep us in Iraq and continue with this doomed economic policy and failed health care system just to show all the Obama supporters that they were right.

    This is very sad.

    Susan
    Scotts Valley, California

    May 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  22. Ken

    WISER NOW

    If you want four more years of Bush then vote McCain. Stay home if you like spending a billion a day in Iraq. You like Bush economic policies? But you'll vote for more with McCain all because you hate Obama?

    Why are so many Hillary voters willing to sacrifice it all to feed their hatred of Obama?

    Cutting your nose off to spite your face is not WISE.

    May 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  23. Hillary's Hunk - Hoboken

    Everybody knew of Obama years ago...the guy has been in politics for one reason. From the very first day he got involved in the church,,,he had one goal - he talks of change....how about we do in fact change it up...and get someone into the White House who actually knows what they are doing and has knowledge of what this country needs.

    Lets just wait and see what happens at the convention. Anything can happen - you thought there was a lot of campaigning over the last 2 years....just wait until you see what goes on, on the floor in Denver.

    HIllary '08

    May 12, 2008 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  24. Sileshi

    I want to understand something. Does Hillary Clinton mean that Blacks can not be Presidents of the United States of America.?Only Whites are destined to be presidents of this country?

    May 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  25. george NYC

    Yeah, the New England Patriots will win the super bowl....

    Clinton News Network – why are you reporting such unworthy news..

    Let the Election begin, stop this nonsense now.

    May 12, 2008 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
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